The key to creating truly strong, healthy nails is nourishment. Just because you eat a specific food or nutrient doesn’t mean you get it.
Much of sparkling health comes down to the way you absorb and utilise nutrients in the body. Therefore, the first step in great quality nails is outstanding digestion.
Nails are mostly made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. They also have minerals built in to their matrix, including calcium, magnesium, boron and zinc. Including adequate protein in your diet is essential to nail quality, and often very soft nails are the result of poor protein utilization in the body, which can be due to not eating enough protein or having poor digestion to extract the nutrients that your nails need.
Changes in fingernail appearance can indicate that something deeper is going on in the body so watch for changes in their strength, texture and colour.
Here are some tips on how to get them looking their best:
If you have peeling cuticles, try rubbing coconut oil around your nail beds a couple of times each day. Dry and peeling cuticles may be an indication of iron or essential fatty acid deficiency.
If you have white spots on your nails it is likely that you are zinc deficient. Try and increase your consumption of zinc-rich foods such as nuts, seeds, and red meat.
Pale, brittle, weak and thin nails can be an indication that your liver needs some love. Incorporate more of the brassica group of vegetables in your diet such as broccoli, kale and cauliflower.
Dr Libby Weaver